Rebuilding Ireland

Action Plan
for Housing and

Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan

The Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan is a new Government-backed mortgage for first-time buyers. It will be available nationwide from local authorities from Thursday, 1 February 2018.

The loan can be used both for new and second-hand properties, or to build your own home.

About the plan

Designed to accelerate housing supply in this country, Rebuilding Ireland is tackling our country’s housing shortage. This action-driven plan will result in a dramatic increase in the delivery of homes nationwide. Ambitious and imaginative in its reach, and radical in its approach, this plan will address the needs of homeless people and families in emergency accommodation, accelerate the provision of social housing, deliver more housing, utilise vacant homes and improve the rental sector.

A significant priority for the Government, this innovative and future-facing plan of action ranges across financing measures, better use of existing homes, new construction and rental sector improvements, while effective methods for delivering on the plan’s stated ambitions will also be refined.

“The overarching aim of Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness is to ramp up delivery of housing from its current under-supply across all tenures to help individuals and families meet their housing needs, and to help those who are currently housed to remain in their homes or be provided with appropriate options of alternative accommodation, especially those families in emergency accommodation.

The Action Plan is one year old, it is an opportune time for me now in taking on the housing portfolio to reflect on the substantial progress made and the significant challenges that remain to be met and identify what new and additional actions need to be put in place for improving supply across all tenures within the shortest possible timeframe.

Resolving those challenges remains a top priority for the Government and we must continue to push the boundaries of ambition in what we are doing – whether it’s in accelerating and expanding our social housing and homelessness targets, encouraging and facilitating landlords to offer more homes for rent at more affordable rents, or maximising the potential re-use of the vacant homes in our cities and towns. ”

 – Eoghan Murphy TD. Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government